You want what everyone does for your family ... and, of course, this comes at a premium. If you can afford a home at least in the $4's (substantially higher in some locations) you'll have your choice of excellent communities. Should you wish to spend a bit less, and are willing to commute (an hour or so each way ... probably something you're used to anyway) you can find homes for less.
Style also plays a part. The properties within or close to the "loop" (surrounded by Interstate 610) are generally older (50-60 years), but most have been remodeled and updated ... you'll be floored by both the amenities and quality of workmanship. More contemporary homes are a bit further out ... it's all about the availability of building sites.
One more point ... while we have no state or local income taxes, you'll be in sticker shock when it comes to property taxes. Unlike California, there's no cap on them, so it's conceivable that your bill will approach (or actually come in at) five figures.
All this said, however, your best option is to physically tour the areas, and take a look at the choices available. My wife/working partner and I have welcomed many new families to Houston in our forty years of service. If you'll let me know a few things (budget, bedrooms/bathrooms, special amenities ... pool, large yard, media center, game room, etc.) I can forward representative listings in several locations. Right now, inventory is low, but with school having begun, many buyers have postponed relocating, so properties aren't being snatched off the market in a matter of hours, as was the case over the past several months.
If I may be of further service, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
Trend Setter Realty